FAMILIES, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WILL CELEBRATE THE WORLD WE SHARE
AT PLAYHOUSESQUARE’S FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CLEVELAND CLINIC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
MAY 6-11, 2013
Cleveland, OH – The fourth annual International Children’s Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is set for May 6-11, 2013 at PlayhouseSquare. The International Children’s Festival is a fun and interactive experience featuring performances, workshops and an astounding walk-through pneumatic sculpture called Exxopolis. Many of the Festival activities are free of charge. More than 25,000 students and families participated in the third International Children’s Festival held in May 2012.
Tickets for International Children’s Festival performances are on sale now at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office (1510 Euclid Ave.), online atplayhousesquare.org/childrensfestival or by phone at (216) 241-6000. Tickets for each performance are $14; Exxopolis tickets are $5. Tickets for free activities are not required.
The 2013 International Children’s Festival Public Performances:
Perth Theatre Company/Weeping Spoon Productions (Australia)
May 11 only
This multi award-winning, one-man, micro-epic puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a touching story about love, loss and heroism in a post eco-apocalyptic world. Created and performed by Tim Watts, the show combines a unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and live animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea.
Theatre Lovett (Ireland)
Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem. Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. And all the while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel – a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived…and everyone in her city gone! As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.
Directed by Lynne Parker, one of Ireland’s most celebrated directors (recipient of the Irish Times Special Tribute Award 2009 for her contribution to Irish Theatre). Performed by Louis Lovett, Ireland’s most experienced and critically acclaimed actor for young audiences. Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, one of the most exciting new voices in children’s theater today.
Windmill Theatre (Australia)
Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails. Ted Prior's hugely popular character is brought to life in this magical stage production for very young theater lovers. A Windmill Theatre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival co-production, Grug is directed by Sam Haren and performed by Matt Crook, Hamish Fletcher and Ellen Steele. The show designer is Jonathan Oxlade and the composer is DJ TR!P.
Imago Theatre (United States)
Imago’s shows have been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime, set in a unique, yet accessible, French-influenced, avant-garde playground. ZooZoo is penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters, and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences nationwide. Imago has performed in China, Europe and at some of North America’s most revered festivals. This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council.
Architects of Air (United Kingdom)
The Exxopolis luminarium is a stunning sculpture of light and color. Vivid reflections of liquid color spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and every day. The radiance of the daylight transmitted by colored PVC is surprising in its luminosity and makes a direct impact on the senses. Through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, you will move in a medium of saturated and subtle hues. You can wander freely or just lay back and enjoy the ambience.
No two visits are alike as the atmosphere inside alters according to changing weather and light. It is a paradox that such a stimulating environment can simultaneously be so calming. Many people try to put their experience into words – describing it as a visit to a futuristic space station or a journey inside the human body. Exxopolis is the 20th luminarium created by Architects of Air, led by artistic director Alan Parkinson.
Art Walk – Free
This year’s Art Walk showcases the talent and expertise of four local teaching artists – Debbie Apple-Presser, Wendy Mahon, Daniel McNamara and Johnny Russell - and local students from Campus International School, Chardon Hills Magnet School and Laurel School. Each artist will work with two groups of middle school students to examine the history of masks across the globe and instruct the students in creating one-of-a-kind masks using recycled materials, Paper Mache, clay, plaster and decorative embellishments to be displayed throughout the Festival.
Children’s Workshops - Free
On Saturday, May 11, children are invited to participate in fun and free take-home print-making and puppetry activities in the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Family Activities - Free
Families will find face painting, balloon animals and the opportunity to decorate an eco-friendly shopping bag to take home at the Festival on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
International Children’s Short Films – Free
Families are encouraged to stop in and enjoy some popcorn and some short children’s films from all over the world! Films will be shown in the George Gund Dance Studio in the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
School Field Trips
The International Children’s Festival is made possible in part by support from Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Kathy and Jim Pender and the Michael Pender Fund, PNC, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Medical Mutual, Playground World, the William N. Skirball Endowment Fund and The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund.
The fourth annual International Children’s Festival at PlayhouseSquare is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the fourth annual International Children’s Festival at PlayhouseSquare with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
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